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Welcome to TeX Stack Exchange! This site is for enthusiastic users of TeX and related systems: people who love to create well-structured and beautifully typeset documents. If you have a question about ...

  • Formats like LaTeX, ConTeXt and plain TeX
  • Engines like pdfTeX, LuaTeX and XeTeX
  • Distributions like TeX Live, MiKTeX, and MacTeX
  • Related software and tools, BibTeX, MakeIndex, Lyx, etc.

... then you're in the right place to ask your question!

These questions are answered by other enthusiasts and by experts in the world of TeX, who are happy to share their techniques and expertise with others.

To help people answer your question quickly and precisely, remember to ask clear questions and, if possible, to include a small example of code that shows the problem that you want to solve.

If you are having an issue with a specific package, document class or program, it's a good idea to include in your question which version you are using. For LaTeX classes and packages, adding \listfiles to your preamble will give you a handy list of all the files used by your example: you can then copy this into your question from your .log file (the list is near the end).

Finally, it should be noted that many problems and bugs are caused by classes and packages that are out of date. Before positing a question about your bug, you may consider updating your relevant class and packages. Before updating, it is always a good idea to back up your previous installation.

For more help, see "What types of questions should I avoid asking?"

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

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